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Jock Sturges (1947)

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For some Sturges work is controversial and is considered erotic photography for me Sturges is the American counterpart of Lucien Clergue who places his nudes in a landscape and blends them with nature . the result spectacular photography. His series of sea and sand photographs reminds me of the series Sturges has made of youth along the shore of the sea. But as an example a less controversial photo below. This is a classic beauty.

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Jock Sturges is an American photographer known for his large-format portraits of nude adolescents. His black-and-white prints capture subjects on naturist beaches in the United States and France. The controversial nature of his imagery has raised concerns throughout his career, but Sturges has remained steadfast, photographing his subjects—often alongside their families—over several years. “My hope is that my work is in some way counter-pinup,” the artist said of his work. “A pinup asks you to suspend interest in who the person is and occupy yourself entirely with looking at the body, fantasizing about what you could do with that body, completely ignoring how the person might feel about it.” Born in 1947 in New York, NY, he served in the US Navy before studying perceptual psychology at Marlboro College in Vermont. While studying for his MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute Sturges began taking nude photographs of communes in Northern California. In 1990, the artist’s studio was raided by the FBI and attempts were made to charge him with child pornography, all attempts have been unsuccessful. Sturges has published several books of his photographs, including Life~Time (2008), and his works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The artist currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. The below publication is available at

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Lucien Clergue….a photograph


A few days ago i wrote about ARTA . A small gallery in Den Haag in which they sold editions by graphic artists. Immediately i remembered the Lucien Clergue photo i bought with them. At one time they had a small number of photographs from an edition by Lucien Clergue…. a naked woman … in the Mediterranean sea. A very beautiful body which attracted me, not only because it was one of the first nude photographs that was offered to me , but also because of its quality. At that time i even had no idea that photographs were printed in editions too, but looking at the back of the photo and seeing the stamp, signature and edition number i realized that this was the reason it was so affordable. It was one of the great purchases as a collector, because now these photographs are worth 200 times as much and are collected by photography collectors all over the world.

Lucien Clergue (1934-2014) proved to be one of the greats in photography from the last century and this sereis of naked women in the sea are among his best. . I still cherish this photo and even remember that i picked the perfect copy for my collection. There is no place for it anymore to hang it on the wall , so now and then i think about the selling it and maybe in the future i decide to do so.

SInce i am a full time antiquarian bookseller i regularly encounter Lucien Clergue publications and put them up for sale at and on each such occasion i remember this beauty in the sea by Lucien Clergue.

There is a great selection of photographs still available at, but the one  i have in mycollection i did not encounter anywhere on the web.So this is to share it with you .